Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when the growing cells of the endometrium sets outside of the uterus, such as abdomen.
These tiny cells of the endometrium spread themselves through the fallopian tubes and implant themselves to the other surfaces like uterus, bladder and pelvic organs.
Pregnancy becomes very difficult for those who have endometriosis, because of the pain associated with these misplaced cells. These cells can block the important pathways in and around the uterus.
The growths of these misplaced cells increase in size and at the time of menstruation the development become very aching and irritated. Often, these developments are very scaring and painful.
No known Cause for endometriosis:
Actually, there is no known cause for endometriosis. But, a possible cause for it is abnormal menstrual cycles, during menstruation, the tissues backs up into the fallopian tubes and enters into the abdominal cavity and implants there.
Most practitioners believe that all the women face some kind of backing at some point. But, the women who are suffering from immune problems will need to suffer from endometriosis during their life.
It is the genetic birth abnormality in which the endometrial cells develop outside of the uterus during fetal development. After the growth when the women experience menstruation, these misplaced cells become wounds that cause severe pain and uneasiness.
Endometriosis is a genetic disorder and the women with a family history of this disease are more likely to suffer their daughters from this condition.
Endometriosis causes you to suffer from:
- Gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea, constipation and bloating
- Heavy or irregular bleeding
- Intermittent pelvic pain
- Lower back pain
- Painful menstruation
- Painful urination
- Pain during ovulation
- Painful bowel movements
- Painful sexual intercourse
Frankly speaking there is no cure for endometriosis. But, there are treatment options which help in women managing and dealing with their symptoms (Endometriosis Treatment). There are four ways to handle endometriosis:
Medications: Over-the-counter pain medications like acetaminophen, aspirin and ibuprofen may ease your discomfort when you are dealing with endometriosis. If there is no cure after using over-the-counter drugs then prescription medications are required to get relief.
Hormonal drug therapy: These drugs are useful to stop the ovulation process until the lesions or implants being aggravated. Hormonal drugs include: Progesterone drugs, contraceptives and GnRH agnoists. There some side effects from these drugs which can cause problems for some women.
Surgery:Conservative therapy is helpful in diagnosing, removing the growths, relieving from pain and increasing the chances of pregnancy. Usually, surgery is done through laparoscopy. Also, during sometimes, hysterectomy is suggested for treating endometriosis.
Alternative or natural therapy: Natural remedies like vitamins, herbs, acupuncture, Chinese medicine and diet changes are helpful when dealing with endometriosis.
But before following any of the alternative treatments, consult your practitioner to know about the alternative ways of dealing with the symptoms of endometriosis. Also, you can control endometriosis with proper diet changes.
Endometriosis and trying to conceive:
A woman with endometriosis is less likely to conceive than the women who don’t have. 20% of the women with endometriosis will not get pregnant though they are trying to conceive. Miscarriages are more common among women with endometriosis.
Mild endometriosis is not a serious condition and you should carry on attempting pregnancy. Ovulation induction with clomiphene citrate is helpful. Intrauterine insemination is also helpful in improving your pregnancy rates.
Early recognition of the condition and following proper treatment options will improve your chances of becoming pregnant.